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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com It s purity season!! Experience the
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist

      It's purity season!!

      Experience the evangelical phenomenon sweeping the country!!

      Father Daughter Purity Balls

      What is a father/daughter purity ball?

      It's an evangelical dress-up prom/wedding hybrid attending by young
      girls and their dates: their Dads! The girls pledge their
      virginity to their fathers and the fathers pledge to watch over the
      virginity until it transfers to the girl's future husband!

      Now, finally Hollywood Goes Pure!

      The Hollywood Father/Daughter Purity Ball

      An elegant night of food, dancing, entertainment, celebration of
      virginity, and father/daughter intimacy.


      September 8th and 15th
      7:30 cocktails - 8pm show
      The Bulgarian Cultural Center – 1530 Vermont – north of sunset, free

      for tickets go to www.plays411.com or call 323-960-5771
      limited tix so please call now

      Everyone who comes in "prom-wear" will receive a free t-shirt that
      says "Once you Pop You can't Stop!"

      Please note: this is a parody. For info on real purity balls,
      check out:


      produced by Laura Summer and Maggie Rowe
      written by Maggie Rowe and JIm Vallely



      Embattled Gonzales quits at last
      By: Mike Allen
      August 27, 2007

      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned this morning, long after
      he had become a persistent embarrassment to President Bush.

      The acting attorney general will be Solicitor General Paul Clement,
      who can stay in the job for months, administration officials said.

      The president praised and defended Gonzales during brief remarks in
      Waco, Texas. "After months of unfair treatment, that has created a
      harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales
      decided to resign his position and I accept his decision," Bush
      said. "It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable
      person like Alberto Gonzales is impeding from doing important work
      because his good name was dragged through the mud for political

      In a brief statement before cameras at the Justice Department,
      Gonzales said he had met with Bush on Sunday and informed him of his
      decision to resign, effective Sept. 17. He made no references to the
      controversies that hounded him from office.

      "Let me say that it's been one of my greatest privileges to lead the
      Department of Justice," Gonzales said. "I have great admiration and
      respect for the men and women who work here. I have made a point as
      attorney general to personally meet as many of them as possible, and
      today I want to again thank them for their service to our
      nation. ... I am profoundly grateful to President Bush for his
      friendship and for the many opportunities he has given me to serve
      the American people."

      Possible successors include Homeland Security Secretary Michael
      Chertoff and Frances Fragos Townsend, the assistant to the president
      for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. One oft-discussed
      scenario would have Townsend succeeding Chertoff. But a Chertoff
      confirmation rehearing would mean an exploration of the
      administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina.

      Several Republicans said Towsend might be a promising choice. She
      was a federal prosecutor in New York City, handling mob and white-
      collar cases. Towsend worked at the Justice Department under
      President Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno. She has become
      close to Bush and is one of the White House's most compeling
      personalities for television appearances.

      Another possibility would be Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), former
      Judiciary Committee chairman. But it's not clear that he would want
      to give up his Senate seat for a job that will last for a little
      more than a year.

      Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was prepared to call the
      chamber to order occasionally during August to prevent Bush from
      using his recess appointment powers to install officials while
      Congress is gone. But the White House agreed not to do that.

      The administration is now planning for a nominee who will be
      confirmed by the Senate and serve until the end of the
      administration. An individual may serve in an acting capacity for
      210 days. However, if there is a pending nominee, the 210-
      day "clock" is reset at Day One when the nominee is announced. The
      clock is reset again if the nomination is withdrawn or fails.

      Clement was an editor of the Harvard Law Review before clerking for
      Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
      D.C. Circuit, and for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S.
      Supreme Court. He later served as chief counsel of the Senate
      subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights and
      was a partner in the Washington office of King & Spalding.

      Gonzales had become the most visible and frequent administration
      target for the Democratic majority in Congress, which complained
      that his testimony about the quiet firing of several U.S. attorneys
      was misleading at best.

      Bush stood by his longtime friend from Texas even as White House
      loyalists despaired about the damage he was doing to the image of
      the Justice Department.

      Gonzales, the first Hispanic attorney general, was counsel to Bush
      in the Texas governor's office, was appointed by him to the Texas
      Supreme Court and was this president's first White House counsel.

      Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards issued a four-word
      reaction: "Better late than never."

      Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Fox: "Thank God."

      The Gonzales decision was first reported on the website of The New
      York Times.



      Florida Dems could lose say in 2008 race
      By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

      Democrats decided Saturday to strip Florida of all its presidential
      convention delegates unless the state holds its primary later in the
      2008 election calendar. The punishment would leave the fourth
      largest state without a vote for the nominee.

      The state party has 30 days to comply by moving its contest back at
      least seven days from the current Jan. 29 plan or lose its 210
      delegates to the nominating convention in Denver next summer.

      The state party chairwoman, Karen Thurman, said she would confer
      with officials about the ultimatum. Elected officials in Florida
      have said they would consider legal action and a protest at the
      convention if the national party barred the state's delegates.

      Florida party officials said they originally opposed the early
      primary date, which covers both the Democratic and Republican
      primaries. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the change
      and the GOP governor signed it into law in an effort to give the
      state a more prominent voice in national politics.

      But Florida Democratic leaders now are committed to the state-run
      election because voter participation would drop drastically if
      Democrats held an alternative contest after Jan. 29.

      Members of the Democratic National Committee's rules panel expressed
      skepticism that Florida Democrats did enough to stop the change and
      they approved the harshest penalty. Every member voted against
      Florida except for the state's representative on the panel, Allan

      Refusing to seat the delegates would set a "terrible situation for
      Florida and a very bad situation for the Democratic Party," Katz

      Party rules say states cannot hold their 2008 primary contests
      before Feb. 5, except for Iowa on Jan. 14, Nevada on Jan. 19, New
      Hampshire on Jan. 22 and South Carolina on Jan. 29.

      The calendar was designed to preserve the traditional role that Iowa
      and New Hampshire have played in selecting the nominee, while adding
      two states with more racial and geographic diversity to influential
      early slots.

      Several DNC officials said before the vote that they wanted to take
      the strong action against Florida to discourage Michigan, New
      Hampshire and other states that were considering advancing their
      contests in violation of party rules.

      Garry Shay, a rules committee member from California, said allowing
      Florida to move forward "would open the door to chaos."

      DNC committee member Donna Brazile also argued for a strong penalty,
      saying, "I hesitate to see what happens if we show somehow some
      wiggle room in our process."

      The shifting dates have added uncertainty to the presidential
      candidates' campaign plans with the first votes to be cast in less
      than five months.

      Advisers to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has a wide lead in
      Florida polls, said she will go wherever elections are held. Other
      candidates are waiting to see how the dispute shakes out.

      Sen. Barack Obama's schedule had him raising money in Florida on
      Saturday and returning at month's end. But his campaign said the
      Illinois senator might not come back often during the primary season.

      Florida's congressional delegation has raised the possibility of a
      voting rights investigation in response to the punishment.

      National Democratic officials insist there is no legal basis to
      force the party to seat delegates in violation of its rules. Florida
      officials could not say what law the DNC would have violated or
      where the case could be pursued.

      Jon Ausman, a DNC member from Florida, pleaded for a role in what
      could turn out to be a historic election, with the potential of the
      first woman, black or Hispanic nominee, even if the state were
      the "black sheep" of the primary season.

      "We're asking you for mercy, not judgment," he told the rules
      committee meeting in a hotel conference room.

      The party's action comes seven years after Florida was at the center
      of an unprecedented dispute over presidential vote counting. In
      2000, the election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al
      Gore was held up for a recount in Florida. The Supreme Court stopped
      the recount, and Bush won the state by 537 votes.

      Terrie Brady, a DNC member who helped present Florida's case, said
      the party's denial of delegates disenfranchises Florida voters.
      Rules committee members objected to the term, saying Florida's votes
      would be counted if they followed the rules.

      "I find your use of the word disenfranchisement to be an
      overstatement," said committee member David McDonald, who is from
      Washington state.

      Michigan's Legislature has taken up a bill that would move its
      contest to Jan. 15, but the state party submitted a proposal that
      for now describes a caucus on Feb. 9. New Hampshire's secretary of
      state says he may move up the state's primary, but for now the party
      has submitted a plan for Jan. 22, with the notation that the date is
      subject to change.
      On the Net:

      Democratic National Committee: http://www.dnc.org



      Dissidents freed as Raúl Castro signals change of tack in Cuba
      · Dozens released as talk grows of Fidel's bad health
      · Overtures to US as small reforms bid to improve life
      Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent
      Saturday August 25, 2007

      Raúl Castro has started to make cautious changes in Cuba which could
      signal plans for political and economic reform.
      Since he took over from his brother Fidel, dozens of dissidents have
      been released, an olive branch has been extended to Washington and
      there is talk of easing communist controls on property and
      agricultural production.

      Three political prisoners have been freed in the past fortnight, the
      latest being Armando Betancourt Reina, a journalist jailed for 15
      months after reporting on the eviction of a family in Camagüey.

      Analysts said Raúl, 76, who has been acting president since illness
      forced his brother to step down last year, was experimenting with
      stealth reforms to improve living conditions and morale without
      eroding government control.

      The defence minister has a reputation for hard-nosed pragmatism, in
      contrast to the more ideological Fidel, who at 81 embodies the 1959
      revolution but no longer manages policy.

      The changes could easily be reversed, but they signal a desire to
      ease the poverty and sense of claustrophobia which afflicts many
      Cubans, said a senior western diplomat. "There is a real effort to
      look at what doesn't work and to change it. Raúl wants to make life
      more bearable. The hope is that by addressing some specific
      complaints the system can continue."

      The Venezuela president, Hugo Chávez, has shipped in 90,000
      subsidised barrels of oil daily, easing an energy crisis and giving
      the government resources it has not seen since the height of Soviet

      The dissidents who have been freed have slipped back to their homes
      with little or no official comment. Mr Betancourt, who worked for
      Miami-based website Nueva Prensa Cuba, was freed on Monday, said the
      Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York.

      Francisco Chaviano, a human rights activist, and Lázaro González
      Adán, a labour union activist, were also released this month. The
      Havana-based Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National
      Reconciliation said more than a fifth of the island's 316 political
      prisoners had been freed in the past year.

      Restrictions on free speech and opposition politics have not been
      lifted and the tiny group of dissidents has not become more
      outspoken. "Still in force is a police state whose nature is
      reflected in almost every aspect of national life," the human rights
      commission said in June.

      However, some analysts say the acting president and his ministers
      are warily exploring new policies with a view to emulating Vietnam,
      where communists preside over market-driven prosperity, and avoiding
      the Soviet Union's unsuccessful perestroika.

      Cuba's education and health systems, the pillars of the regime's
      legitimacy, remain intact, but severe shortages of food, transport
      and housing cause deep resentment which has reportedly shaken Raúl
      and other officials. In addition to pursuing better relations with
      the US, which were rebuffed by the Bush administration, Raúl has
      called for a national dialogue on corruption and inefficiency.

      Controls on agricultural production have been loosened to give
      farmers more incentive to produce, and there is speculation that it
      will become legal to buy a car without government permission.

      Officials have publicly fretted that young Cubans will be seduced by
      consumerism unless conditions improve.

      Hundreds of buses are being imported from China to ease the queues
      and overcrowding which dog public transport, and a big overhaul of
      resorts is under way to try to win back tourists from Caribbean

      Fidel, who has not been seen in public since surgery for an
      intestinal illness in July last year, is suspected of acting as a
      brake on some of the proposed changes.

      There is speculation that his health has deteriorated. There were no
      photographs to mark his birthday on August 13, and his opinion
      columns have become fewer.

      On a visit to Brazil this week, the foreign minister, Felipe Pérez
      Roque, sought to dispel the rumours about Fidel's health. "Fidel is
      fine and is very disciplined about his recovery," he said.



      Sunday, August 26, 2007
      Dunkin' Donuts going free of trans fat
      The change is to take place at 5,400 U.S. restaurants by Oct. 15.
      The Associated Press

      BOSTON Dunkin' Donuts, the food-on-the-go chain whose name
      celebrates a treat that's symbolic of unhealthy eating, is trying to
      refresh its image by largely eliminating trans fat across its menu,
      Homer Simpson be damned.

      Dunkin' planned to announce Monday that it has developed an
      alternative cooking oil and reformulated more than 50 menu items –
      doughnuts included. The Canton, Mass.-based chain says its menu will
      be "zero grams trans fat" by Oct. 15 across its 5,400 U.S.
      restaurants in 34 states.

      About 400 locations nationwide that took part in a four-month test
      already have made the switch to a new blend of palm, soybean and
      cottonseed oils. That includes all restaurants in New York City and
      Philadelphia, which are forcing restaurants to phase out their use
      of artery-clogging trans fat.

      The ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins, another unit of Dunkin' Brands
      Inc., plans to be zero grams trans fat by Jan. 1.

      Dunkin' isn't claiming it will become "trans fat free," but does say
      any trans fat in foods including doughnuts, croissants, muffins and
      cookies will fall below half a gram per serving. Federal regulations
      allow food labels to say they've got zero grams of trans fat,
      provided levels fall below the half-gram threshold.

      A nutrition advocacy group welcomed Dunkin's addition to the list of
      restaurant chains that have recently shifted away from trans fat.

      "It's good news that they're dropping most, if not quite all, trans
      fat," said Jeff Cronin, spokesman for the Center for Science in the
      Public Interest, a Washington-based nonprofit. "If Dunkin' Donuts
      can do that, anyone can."

      But Cronin cautioned that when it comes to Dunkin's
      doughnuts, "we're still talking about a food that's mostly white
      flour, sugar, and fat."

      Dunkin' isn't positioning its namesake product as health food – a
      shift that would involve more disbelief suspension than might be
      possible for a treat synonymous with portly, doughnut-gobbling Homer
      from television's "The Simpsons."

      "The goal was not to make a healthy doughnut, it was really to
      create a doughnut that was better," said Joe Scafido, Dunkin's chief
      creative and innovation officer. "Certainly, we did not create a
      healthy doughnut."

      Although its coffees are by far a bigger seller, the New England-
      bred, 57-year-old chain was founded on the reputation of its
      doughnuts. Now, Dunkin' claims to be the first major chain to
      introduce a zero grams trans fat doughnut, although smaller doughnut
      makers have already done so. Mainstream doughnut makers' products
      can have around 5 grams of trans fat apiece.

      The main source of trans fats is partially hydrogenated oils, formed
      when hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils to harden them.
      Evidence suggests that artificial trans fats boost "bad" cholesterol
      and lower "good" cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease
      and stroke.

      Dunkin' is ahead of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., which has yet to
      roll out a zero gram trans fat doughnut but hopes to do so. Brian
      Little, a spokesman for the North Carolina-based chain, said, "We
      continue to work aggressively with outside supply partners, and our
      goal is to get to zero trans fatty acids while maintaining great
      Krispy Kreme taste."

      A call seeking comment from another chain, California-based
      Winchell's Donut House, wasn't immediately returned.

      Starbucks Corp., Dunkin's Seattle-based rival in the coffee shop
      niche, said in May that it would cut artificial trans fats out of
      its food and drink by year's end in stores in the continental U.S.,
      Alaska and Canada.

      Dunkin's announcement follows about four years of research of more
      than 28 alternative cooking oils and proprietary blends.

      This past spring, hundreds of restaurants began taking part in a
      test to gauge customer reaction to the blend that Dunkin' ultimately
      selected. Managers at participating stores were split into two
      groups, with one receiving conventional cooking oil, the other
      receiving the experimental oil, and neither group knowing which type
      they received. Dunkin' closely watched sales and customer response
      at restaurants with the experimental oil.

      "We got no negative consumer feedback, and we sold 50 million
      doughnuts in that time," Scafido said.

      Dunkin's 1,900 locations outside the U.S. are expected to begin
      using the new oil over the next couple years, he said.



      Gay Unions Sanctioned in Medieval Europe Jeanna Bryner
      LiveScience Staff Writer
      Mon Aug 27, 2007

      Civil unions between male couples existed around 600 years ago in
      medieval Europe, a historian now says.

      Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can
      be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual
      relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of
      Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

      If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex
      unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past.

      "Western family structures have been much more varied than many
      people today seem to realize," Tulchin writes in the September issue
      of the Journal of Modern History. "And Western legal systems have in
      the past made provisions for a variety of household structures."

      For example, he found legal contracts from late medieval France that
      referred to the term "affrèrement," roughly translated as
      brotherment. Similar contracts existed elsewhere in Mediterranean
      Europe, Tulchin said.

      In the contract, the "brothers" pledged to live together sharing "un
      pain, un vin, et une bourse," (that's French for one bread, one wine
      and one purse). The "one purse" referred to the idea that all of the
      couple's goods became joint property. Like marriage contracts,
      the "brotherments" had to be sworn before a notary and witnesses,
      Tulchin explained.

      The same type of legal contract of the time also could provide the
      foundation for a variety of non-nuclear households, including
      arrangements in which two or more biological brothers inherited the
      family home from their parents and would continue to live together,
      Tulchin said.

      But non-relatives also used the contracts. In cases that involved
      single, unrelated men, Tulchin argues, these contracts
      provide "considerable evidence that the affrèrés were using
      affrèrements to formalize same-sex loving relationships."

      The ins-and-outs of the medieval relationships are tricky at best to
      figure out.

      "I suspect that some of these relationships were sexual, while
      others may not have been," Tulchin said. "It is impossible to prove
      either way and probably also somewhat irrelevant to understanding
      their way of thinking. They loved each other, and the community
      accepted that."
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